Lab Specialist, Department of Surgery
Job ID: R0042665 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks a Lab Specialist to work in a laboratory doing translational cancer immunology research.

Lab Specialist employees provide technical lab support by performing complex lab and research-related tasks. They act as specialists on research methods and equipment functions specific to investigations. They have the authority to adapt methods and procedures to meet the needs of research. They are distinguished from Lab Technicians by the types and duration of assignments, as well as the skills and expertise necessary to serve as resources on non-routine problems. Lab Specialist employees perform daily activities without supervision; their longer-term assignments require greater oversight. Lab Specialist employees often train others on work processes and policies.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Specializing in lab and/or other research methods and equipment functions specific to principal investigators and/or labs. Demonstrating expertise in troubleshooting problems and recommending solutions. Performing a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency.
  • Assisting in evaluation of research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives.
  • Key laboratory techniques to be performed will include tissue culture; T lymphocyte culture and stimulation; flow cytometry and cell sorting; PCR, DNA, and RNA extractions; ELISA assays; cell purification using beads; immunohistochemistry; western blot; and other molecular studies.
  • May perform research in mouse models.
  • Providing basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized computer software. Evaluating experiment results using statistical tests. Researching, compiling, and maintaining data reports.
  • Performing library and literature research.
  • Assisting in instructing lab academic sections in lab methods, procedures, and safety.
  • Explaining work instructions and may adapt general methods and procedures in order to meet the needs of the research.
  • Assisting in training other staff members on procedures.
  • Assisting in manuscript writing.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

For additional information about the position, please contact Craig Slingluff, MD ( or Ileana Mauldin, PhD (

Minimum requirements:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience: 3 years of experience. 6 years of lab-related experience accepted in lieu of degree. Preferred experience and expertise in human cellular immunology, flow cytometry, immunology (especially cancer immunology), murine studies, analysis of gene expression data, programming in R or Python, and molecular analyses.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

This position will remain open until filled. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance. The University will perform background checks and pre-employment health screenings on all new hires prior to employment. This is a non-exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

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